UW-Madison’s No. 2 executive will leave at the end of the 2018-19 academic year to become the first female president of the University of Rochester.

The New York university named UW-Madison Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf its next president Monday.

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf


The job will mark Mangelsdorf’s first opportunity to serve as a college president, according to UW-Madison.

Mangelsdorf has served as UW-Madison’s chief academic officer since 2014, working closely with college deans, directing diversity initiatives and overseeing enrollment management.

UW-Madison will launch a search for a replacement next semester, with the goal of making a hire by fall, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said.

UW-Madison is already in the middle of filling two other high-profile positions: the vice chancellor for research and graduate education and the School of Business dean.

UW-Madison credited Mangelsdorf with growing summer-term enrollment, reviving a faculty cluster hiring initiative and mitigating the effects of budget cuts and other state changes threatening faculty retention.

Mangelsdorf studies the socio-emotional development of infants and young children. Mangelsdorf’s spouse, Karl Rosengren, a developmental psychologist in the Department of Psychology, will also depart UW-Madison to join her in Rochester, according to UW-Madison.

The University of Rochester has about 10,000 students and a budget of about $4 billion.


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